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Von Soden [AHW p. ") and compares Arabic $urn&. the Practical Vocabulary of Assur equates Ee xu-hu-uz with duQi~zti. 11. 16 upputu = Fe sig, "late grain". The meaning "late" is well established for both the Sumerian and Akkadian words, but whether this refers to a specific type of grain or any late grain is unclear from the Akkadian contextual passages. The scheme projected by Landsberger [1949: 2841, in which upputu refers specifically to grain sown in November-December does not appear to rest on an adequate foundation.

GG] - Finally, the Presargonic evidence assembled by Yamamoto [1979, 19801 makes it probable that barley, emmer, and "wheat" were planted in the fall about the same time. The inference made by Landsberger [1949: 283 note 1161 from the Sumerian nomenclature of the eleventh Nippur month, Sabatu (written zfz-a and ziz-a-an), that emmer was normally S O ? in this month and reaped after the regular barley harvest in May-June, appears improbable. It seems more likely that it refers to the emmer harvest, but I have no evidence to support this supposition.

The Girsu texts indicate that it was probably some type of wheat. It is, on rare occasions, issued as grain rations [Allotte 1908-1920 no. 142 lain" in"), 548 ("dark")]. In one text recording the harvest [Thureau-Dangin 1903 no. 711, "whitejbright" and "dark" types are subsumed under the rubric "barley, wheat, emmer" (Fe GIG zfz). In another text recording (probably) the payment of some type of rent [Thureau-Dangin 1903 no. 691, "white/brightW and "dark" types are subsumed, along with "gunida emmer" (zfz gG-NUNUZ) and wheat (GIG), as "wheat, emmer of the domain" (GIG zfz nfg-en-na).

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